Monthly writing sessions in Mylor Bridge

My monthly creative writing sessions take place in Tremayne Hall, an historic building in Mylor Bridge, near Falmouth in the south coast of Cornwall. The two hour sessions provide inspiration and a kick start for new writing, in a friendly ‘drop in’ group. You can learn new techniques, try prose, life writing or poetry and explore themes, whatever your interests and aspirations. Everyone is welcome and no experience is needed. Just bring your pen and notebook for an enjoyable and creative Saturday morning.

Our winter 2018 sessions are on Saturdays 27 January, 24 February and 24 March. The sessions are from 10.00am to 12 noon and the fee is £7.00 per person, which includes coffee, tea and biscuits. Find out more here.

Where: The Pope Room, Tremayne Hall, Lemon Hill, Mylor Bridge, near Falmouth TR11 5NE. There is free parking across the road in the village car park.

Tuition, workshops and editorial services

I offer tailor-made tuition and workshops for groups and individuals, from absolute beginners to more seasoned writers wanting a ‘refresher’ or the chance to try something new. Topics can include how to:

  • create compelling characters for fiction
  • make use of tenses and point of view
  • write dialogue that conveys character and moves the action forward
  • structure short and longer fiction
  • write free verse and close form poetry
  • write from life, for memoir, biography and autobiography
  • create fiction from real experience
  • use research to bring your fiction and life writing alive.

I offer an editorial service for anyone wishing to have their writing edited, proofread or critically appraised before sending it out into the world. I can help you develop your manuscript to professional standard, and advise you on how and when to make a submission to an agent or publisher.

I can also help you find appropriate competitions and other forms of publishing to get your writing ‘out there’. I specialise in building confidence and finding the right outlet for your writing, whether fiction, life writing or poetry.

Please contact me for information about hourly, half day and day rates. If I’m unable to help you (for example, at a busy time of year), I can recommend colleagues and put you in touch with other sources of support for your writing.

Writing for wellbeing

I provide training for counsellors, volunteers and others working in health and social care, about the benefits of writing for self expression and healing, especially in the context of bereavement support. The training can take place in groups of any size from 6 up to 20 or more in some cases. My approach to training is participatory, with trainees actively writing and trying out creative techniques for themselves, whilst reflecting on their potential value to clients and for self care and personal development.

In the past year I’ve provided training in Devon, Scarborough and Staffordshire, as well as my home territory, Cornwall. I’m always happy to travel, with a bit of advance planning.

A typical session offers:

  • an introduction to writing for wellbeing
  • techniques to use in journal writing
  • ‘free’ writing and timed writing
  • Using poems, pictures and objects as stimulus for writing
  • creative ways to capture experiences, remember and reflect on the page
  • guidance on ground rules, ethics and self care.

Contact me to ask about a tailored training session for your organisation, staff and volunteers; also for group work with clients including carers groups, bereavement friendship groups and hospice care for patients’ family and friends.

The Writing Retreat

I host retreats in partnership with Kath Morgan, a writing tutor and novelist based in Falmouth, Together we run fully residential weeks in Rosemerryn, close to Lamorna Cove, and at Bosloe, a beautiful house overlooking the Helford River next to the spectacular National Trust gardens at Glendurgan. Our recent retreats have featured Time to Write, with guest author Patrick Gale as our midweek guest, Narrative Structure with guest author Jen Alexander, and most recently, Life Writing with travel writer and novelist Philip Marsden.

Our next retreat is from 5-11 March 2018  when we’ll be back at Rosemerryn near Lamorna Cove for Crafting the Short Story. Our guest author will be Tom Vowler, the award-winning short story writer who visited us last year. We are delighted to welcome Tom back.

As well as morning workshops and plenty of time to write, our retreats feature one to one time with Kath and I as the resident tutors. These sessions enable you to receive detailed feedback, problem solve and think through your writing objectives. Kath is an expert critiquer and will give you technical advice to strengthen your writing. As well as close readings and advice on form and style, I take a coaching approach that will help you:

  • identify where you are with your writing
  • decide where you would like to be
  • set manageable goals for yourself
  • spot the snags and how to get round them
  • make a plan and stick to it.

My approach is to find out what you do best as a writer, what you’d like to do more of, and help you work out how to do it. Simple!

Find out more about the retreat and book a place.